Minecraft update expands world customization; floating islands return

Minecraft's terrain generator is about to start producing some much more interesting results.

Minecraft is a game all about freedom and customization, so the upcoming 1.8 update--which introduces new customization options for Minecraft's terrain generator--should be an especially welcome one.

As demonstrated in the video above, the update provides players with new options when creating a world. There are now 16 sliders that dictate the terrain that is to be generated in addition to options for enabling and disabling things like lava oceans and water lakes. More advanced users are free to type in specific values for many of these aspects. Those simply interested in trying something different from what they're used to can choose from seven presets made by Mojang or find those created and shared by other players.

The presets shown in the video give some sense of what's possible using these new options: One turns nearly every bit of land into an enormous mountain, one submerges the entire world underwater, and another scatters floating islands (which are making a comeback in this update) throughout the world.

A release date for the 1.8 update has not yet been announced. Developer Jens Bergensten said on Twitter in March that his best guess for its launch was sometime in May.

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ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

Mine-craft is the worst ugliest game on the planet boring no fun stupid and plain dumb. 

nikos554
nikos554

Hmm..I think that adventure maps will be more adventurous from now on ^.^.

vadagar1
vadagar1

yah the sliders seem like nonsense to me, maybe rename to something tech noobs like me can understand

jacobk2000
jacobk2000

This seems too much like the mine upside down mod for beta 1.8.1 It has presets, skylands, depth scales, it just seems to similar to be a coincidence.

grin89
grin89

youtube video doesnt have a very powerful pc behind it.

thecman25
thecman25

when are they going to update the console version?

lilflipp
lilflipp

If you have a young kid, or family member. There's your reason to play it. And getting it on anything else than a PC would be a waste.

Basically like Skyrim. Mods make it completely different.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

so in like a few years we'll get a some patch sort'of but not really like this for console players? With limited map size on console I was hoping for more varied terrain, but it's pretty limited. Pc is better but a b*tch to find the right server.

colbster
colbster

They should make a slider that makes the game fun to play. Haha roasted

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Best proof in the world that graphics are not that important to a lot of people. They have what 20 million copies sold or more.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

floating islands....just like Maui-Covenant

UKFX
UKFX

 I remembered spamming Jeb on Twitter (as it was the only way to be spotted among the 1 billion children who were also Tweeting him), that since he took over, with the Adventure Update, Survivability in Minecraft was less about Surviving and was too easy. He replied saying I belonged in a group that wasn't pleased with anything. This is incorrect, but correct me if I'm wrong... isn't survival now about farming ridiculous amounts of highly stackable foods and sprinting away from anything that hurts?


I was told by the I'm-not-as-smart-as-I-make-out-to-be Jeb, that I should play on a harder difficulty. Not exactly the best suggestion considering the only real differences are damage and health modifiers.

Difficulty on a per depth basis would have made more sense. Less sprinting. Less dependency on food, but other ways to survive. Food should be harder to get... take longer to grow/farm crops, etc.

I mentioned Iron at one point but I think Jeb probably wasn't listening to my truths by then and instead thinking that his contributions to Minecraft couldn't possibly be bad in any way. Iron... so abundant it renders Diamond armour almost completely irrelevant. I remember when Diamond was rare, when you found it it was like, "OMG, I FOUND DIAAAMUNDDZZZZZ!", now it's like.. "oh hello again". Iron is so common that you have it in about 0.3 seconds of spawning.

For some reason at Mojang difficulty to them is about health and damage and that's about as far as the difficulty options goes. Instead, the difficulty option should focus more on growth/abundance and monster types spawning. I used to enjoy Minecraft Survival, but instead it's tedious because now mobs are simply minor obstacles that need to be swiftly dealt with so you can mine 23,000 stacks of Iron to build that rail yo. Mobs are more like annoyances than actual concerns.

I'm glad floating islands are making a return though, perhaps Jeb the Useless can actually fix the broken lighting this time - his new awesome lighting Engine was obviously not so awesome (several versions back)... he either didn't add it in the end or it just failed to work because I see completely dark patches in corners all the time.

The novelty of Minecraft has obviously worn off, but there needs to be some element of surprise and an urge for us to continue exploring. Cave systems are a prime example... I remember a couple years ago, when you found a natural cave it was like: "COOOOOL  A FUCKING CAVVEEE!", now caves, or simply a lack of blocks, make up half of the underground world. Dungeons are no longer rare either, but are now fairly common. Don't get me started on boo boo town... I mean the Nether... y'know, that super easy place.

They should rename Survival Mode - have everything straight away mode, or do you want me to hold your hand mode?

Still a great game and I'm glad things are being changed but there needs to be a serious load of work IMO. There are many people like me who share my concerns difficulty. Fortunately one of these concerns (i.e boring maps) are have been worked on a lot more recently and at least more interesting worlds will spawn.

ddmartin2014
ddmartin2014

I've never played Minecraft....am i missing out, is it worth picking up when it shortly arrives on PS4?

mr_nee
mr_nee

very uninteresting

Sruppert
Sruppert

Where is the Mineral Rarity / Abundance option? ...or simply, More Diamonds!!!!


boogie25
boogie25

so much "talking" in this video :-P

cmetz90
cmetz90

I haven't played Minecraft in such a long time and I never updated after they switched the launcher (1.6 i believe) but this is a really cool idea

N1K0LA191
N1K0LA191

@thecman25 Probably won't be for a while, if ever. They're working on next-gen console versions now.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@lilflipp If you plan on playing with a young child it makes much more sense to get the console version since it offers a splitscreen multiplayer mode.

Kunakai
Kunakai

@colbster  They should also make an option to disable people who don't know what they're talking about from commenting on things. 

Coldpain
Coldpain

@spartanx169x  You're right, that's why most games these days are not as good as they used to be. Gameplay is a big deal!!

LancerVI
LancerVI

@spartanx169x  I absolutely agree with this. The game is like that huge box of legos you had when you were a kid. It's fun to sit down with my son and see what kind of stuff we come up with next. 


Graphics are hardly the point.

ferna1234
ferna1234

@UKFX man, this is the comment section, essays are delivered in gamespot high.

sportdroptops
sportdroptops

@ddmartin2014  I have only played on 360 and as an app, PC version looks absolutely insane.  It is just an overall great game to play for hours building, destroying and exploring.  I would get it, I paid $20, and my family has logged hundreds of hours with it.  Best entertainment value ever.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@ddmartin2014 It's boring, tedious and meaningless game. If you decide to play it anyway, just grab it on PC, mods for this game are awesome and add so much content. 

P.S. Don't listen to people who compare it to LEGOs, either they are completely stupid or haven't played it.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@ddmartin2014  Do you like lego? Or building things in general?


If you answered yes to any of those, drop everything and immediately grab the PC version. The multiplayer especially gets interesting, with a huge variety of servers ranging from ones dedicated to recreating popular structures and cities to role playing (imdeity) to simple team deathmatch.


The game is basically the ultimate sandbox.

jacobk2000
jacobk2000

@boogie25 I'd rather it be silent than a loud obnoxious 12 year old screaming down a terrible microphone.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

@LancerVI @spartanx169x I think the graphics are part of the charm. I wish the game had a mode with more of a point like adventure and quests. The core of the game is unique and inventive thats why so many people play it

UKFX
UKFX

And anime is for children or adults that refuse to accept that it is for children.

Good day dear people. If you have nothing useful to contribute, kindly bugger off ;)

UKFX
UKFX

@delta5931 @UKFX  I don't like using mods, especially since the default game had the challenges but they were removed in things that were considered 'updates'. 

UKFX
UKFX

@terrariafan247 @UKFX  I've raped Terraria and it's one of my favourite games, but these two are completely different and hardly comparable.

What annoys me about Minecraft is how by default, it was challenging before, but they more or less removed the challenges in 'updates' that made the game easier, instead of more adventurous. 

I'm not saying MC is a bad game or anything, but Survival should be more about Surviving instead of giving people everything they need so easily. 

And YAY for Terraria update 1.3 coming soon (weep weep, the final update... but hey, it's the best game ever!)

:D

LancerVI
LancerVI

@Saidrex  I'm neither of what you supposed and yes, it's the ultimate sandbox with 'lego' like qualities. You'd have to be blind not to see or purposely obtuse.


You don't like the game. I hear you. But to completely shut out the opinions of others who do advise others to cover their ears/eyes against any other opinion but your own and then degenerate that into name calling, obliterates your argument. 


You sound like a punk, not someone with a legitimate opinion.



FastRobby
FastRobby

@koospetoors @ddmartin2014I like LEGO and building things, but not on the PC. I've tried Minecraft and didn't like it as much as really feeling the object you created with LEGO.

UKFX
UKFX

Unfortunately using mega old versions that lack other improvements, biome rendering , AI behaviour and additional craftable items just because some idiot at Mojang thought it was a great idea to give everyone everything very easily on 'SURVIVAL' modemode doesn't nsound.like a great way of going about it. When he released the Adventure update, he pretty much took the adventure out of the game.

And for shame young children, if you cannot read paragraphs that take a short time to write on the computer (or phone) because of your impatience, you can be credited to the downfall of a multitude of games that reward players for perserveing in tough/difficult situations and instead were replaced by games that hold your hand and give you everything - something now that is commonly seen as the norm.

Peace.

kamranmackey
kamranmackey

@UKFX @terrariafan247  1.3 isn't the final update for Terraria. It's just the final update that Redigit will be working on before he moves onto Terraria 2. After he moves onto Terraria 2 there will be another dev team that will be working on the first game.